Colette Vogele

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Non-Residential Fellow
colvog at microsoft dot com
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Non-residential Fellow Colette Vogele is a Senior Copyright Attorney at Microsoft Corporation and the President and co-founder of Without My Consent, a non-profit that empowers individuals harmed by online privacy violations to stand up for their rights. She is a frequent speaker and author on copyright, privacy, and internet content and liability. Her current research interests involve the intersection of privacy rights of individuals, on-line anonymity, free speech and IP. Vogele's current CIS fellow project involves further development of Without My Consent and research around the impact of online harassment on individuals and the public.

During the 2004-2005 academic year, Vogele held a residential fellowship and led litigation on two of the Center's copyright cases: Golan v. Gonzalez, a case challenging the constitutionality of removing thousands of works from the public domain. She also represented the plaintiff in Somma v. Great Ormond Street Hospital, a case defending an author's right to build on works that have entered the public domain. As a non-resident fellow, in 2006, Vogele co-authored the Podcasting Legal Guide: Rules for the Revolution. She also authored the legal issues chapter for the Business Podcasting Book published by (in 2008) Focal Press.

Prior to joining the Center, Vogele litigated copyright, trademark, anti-counterfeiting, trade secret and patent cases at Preston Gates and Ellis (now K&L Gates) in Los Angeles, and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in Silicon Valley. She also headed her own firm, Vogele & Associates, from 2005 to 2010 where, in addition to her IP practice, she represetnted victims of online harassment in privacy cases against their perpetrators.

Vogele grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is an Honors Program graduate in Political Science from the University of Washington. She earned her law degree cum laude at George Washington University Law School where she was the Executive Articles Editor for the AIPLA Quarterly Journal, held two internships with the United States Department of Justice, and externed for a United States Magistrate Judge.

When she's not practicing law, she can be found photographing fair use, shamelessly spoiling her dog Pepper, and cooking up some of her mother's delicious Swiss fondue.


Bio Photo by JD Lasica